How to make beet juice with or without a juicer. This sweet and earthy beetroot juice is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help your body detox and provide much-needed nutrients! Several flavored beet juice blends included.
When I’m not too busy shoving cooked beets into hummus, raw salads, and pasta (and turning them a gorgeous fuchsia/ruby-red), I love using them to make plenty of fresh beet juice to add to detoxing juice blends and use as a natural dye. Not only is following this beet juice recipe cheaper than purchasing the juice, but it’s fresher, contains more nutrients, and you can make it using a juicer or blender!
Keep reading to learn how to juice beets in a juicer or with a blender, as well as several ingredients you could combine to make delicious and nutritious beet juice drinks to detox, cleanse, and otherwise improve your health.
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What is Beet Juice
Raw beet juice is healthy vegetable juice made from fresh beets (beetroot). This beet drink has an early and mildly sweet taste, great on its own or in juice blends (for example, with green apples and carrots). As for the many benefits of beets, keep reading below.
Is Beet Juice Good for You
Short answer? Yes. Long answer? There are certainly plenty of beet juice benefits, including:
- Beet root juice is a natural detoxer and supports liver health, as “betaine” prevents excess fatty deposits in the liver.
- It contains vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, folate, potassium, and vitamin C.
- Vitamin C is an incredible antioxidant that helps boost the immune system, is anti-inflammatory, and increases iron absorption and wound healing. It’s also great for skin health.
- Vitamin C & Zinc boosts the immune system during cold/flu season.
- Beet juice can lower blood pressure. The nitrates in the juice “relax” blood vessels and improve blood flow for improved heart health.
- Nitrates also increase exercise stamina/levels and boost physical performance.
- Beets contain betalains (which give them their color) and are antioxidants with anti-cancerous properties.
You can read more about the health benefits of drinking beet juice on Healthline. Just note that when you first consume lots of beetroots, it may turn your urine and stool reddish.
How to Clean Beets
As beets are root vegetables, they’re likely to have dirt over them, so washing them well is necessary. Simply fill a bowl with water and brush away any dirt with a vegetable brush. Then rinse them well, and voila!
How to Make Beet Juice
Learn how to make beetroot juice quickly and easily with this beetroot juice recipe using one of two methods. Use a juicer or blender for this beets juice recipe.
Following a beet juice juicer recipe makes the process practically effortless, and the detox beet juice is ready in just minutes.
- First, wash the beets well and chop them into 4-8 pieces, depending on their size (small enough to fit your juicer chute).
- Then, feed the beets through the juicer chute and let the machine do all the work.
If you don’t have a juicer, making beet juice in a blender is the next best thing and requires four simple steps. Just note that it does add a little water to the recipe, so the juice is diluted slightly compared to the juicer method.
- First, chop the beets down into several pieces (4 or 8, depending on their size).
- Then transfer them to the blender with a 1/4-1/3 cup of water (use the smallest amount first and increase if needed).
- Blend the beets and water until smooth and juicy.
- Then, transfer the mixture to a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer layered with cheesecloth to strain the juice from the pulp.
Note that the juice STAINS, so use materials you don’t mind staining permanently.
Can I squeeze beet juice by hand? If you shred the beets finely and place them in a nut milk bag, you could technically try to squeeze out all the juice (wearing gloves!), though this is a high effort, low yield method of juicing beets.
When to Drink Beetroot Juice?
As with any juice you consume for health reasons, I recommend drinking it on an empty stomach in the morning, 30 minutes before breakfast. This will help it absorb quickly into your system.
As well as enjoying this beet juice alone or as part of other fruit and veggie juice blends, this beetroot juice will also work as a natural colorant for drinks (cocktails, mocktails, soda), jelly, popsicles, baked goods (like muffins and quick breads), and more!
How Long Does Homemade Beet Juice Last?
I recommend consuming homemade beet juice immediately for maximum nutrients and freshness. However, any leftovers will store in a covered bottle/jar in the fridge for a further 1-2 days.
You can freeze the beets detox juice for 3 months in Ziplock bags, freezer-safe jars, or ice cube trays (depending on the material, expect to stain), depending on the portion sizes. Allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying.
No, the peel will juice easily, too. Just scrub and rinse them well.
Yes. However, I recommend checking with a medical professional whenever you plan to introduce large quantities of something into your diet suddenly.
There are several ways to enjoy beet greens, including tossing them raw into salads, adding them to smoothies, sautéing them, or even making chips using the same method for kale chips.
Yes, just feed them through the juicer chute as you would any ingredient.
I like to allow the juice pulp to dry or dehydrate (at room temperature if you live in a warm, dry climate or in a dehydrator). Once dry, grind the dried leftover pulp into a powder using a high-speed blender or coffee/spice grinder. You can then use the beetroot powder within smoothies, baked goods (like cookies, quick bread, pizza, etc.), to color things, etc.
Alternatively, add the beet pulp to your next smoothie for extra fiber, or mix it into vegan burgers. You can also compost it.
If you try this simple beet juice recipe (beetroot juice), I’d love to hear your thoughts/questions below. Also, I’d appreciate a recipe card rating below, and feel free to tag me in your recipe recreations on Instagram @Alphafoodie!
How to Make Beet Juice (2 Methods)
- 2.5 lb beet
This will yield about 1 pint/600 ml of juice when using a juicer
- Wash the beets well and chop them into 4-8 pieces, depending on their size (small enough to fit your juicer chute).
- Feed the beets through the juicer chute and let the machine do all the work.
- Wash the beets well. Chop them down into several pieces (4 or 8, depending on their size).
- Transfer them to the blender with a 1/4-1/3 cup of water (use the smallest amount first and increase if needed).
- Blend the beets and water until smooth and juicy.
- Transfer the mixture to a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer layered with cheesecloth to strain the juice from the pulp.Note that beet juice STAINS, so use materials you don’t mind staining permanently.
- Store: I recommend consuming homemade beet juice immediately for maximum nutrients and freshness. However, any leftovers will store in a covered bottle/ jar in the fridge for a further 1-2 days.Freeze: You can freeze the beets detox juice for 3 months in Ziplock bags, freezer-safe jars, or ice cube trays (depending on the material, expect staining), depending on the portion sizes. Allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying.
- Wash everything immediately: Beets stain, so I recommend rinsing out your blender/juicer immediately after making this beet juice recipe to avoid staining.
- Use organic when possible: If you plan to consume lots of fresh juice, I highly recommend using organic produce to decrease the amount of chemicals and harmful pesticides you consume.
- Use red or yellow beets: I prefer the flavor and color of red, but either will work.
- Don’t discard the greens: You can juice them too or use them in other recipes (refer to the FAQs on the blog).
- Beet ginger juice with lemon: For every 5 beets, use around 50g ginger root (or 1 tablespoon ginger powder) and the juice from one lemon (or lime).
- For a sweeter juice, you could add either apple juice (around 1 apple per 2 beets) or orange juice to the blend. These will also help mask the earthy beet flavor.
- Carrots: Carrot juice is naturally sweet and super refreshing to help dilute the raw beet juice.
- Cucumbers: Cucumber juice does a similar job to carrot juice, minus the sweetness. Either can be added to beet juice drinks for extra refreshment and mild dilution.
- Leafy greens: To provide an iron boost and more antioxidants.
- Celery: Works well with apple or another sweetening ingredient.
- Strawberries: Strawberry juice is wonderfully sweet and delicious.
- Mint: Fresh mint leaves are a favorite addition of mine to fruit & vegetable juice blends like this beetroot juice recipe.